Davis Stakes Out Middle Ground, Shifts Topic

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis promised Tuesday to veto a state income tax to pay for public schools and expand where people may carry handguns, while her campaign attempted to move past allegations she misled people while telling her life story. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Democratic state senator […]

In Republican Primaries, a Race for Second Place

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For many candidates in the March 4 Republican primary elections, the goal will be to come in a close second. If the candidate with the most votes gets less than 50 percent of the total, they will face a runoff with the second-place candidate. That gives the silver medalist 12 weeks […]

Texas Public Education Tops Debate in Campaigns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Public schools are shaping up to become the top issue in the 2014 election campaigns, with Democrats complaining about Republican budget cuts and conservatives calling for more choice and less government involvement in an issue that impacts every Texan. Expect candidates to offer a barrage of statistics about schools and student […]

Finance Reports Reveal Candidate Viability

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In the second largest state, with the second biggest population, money makes the politician. The latest filing period for campaign finance reports ended New Year’s Eve. Over the next 10 days, candidates will reveal how much they’ve spent so far, and more importantly, how much more they still have in the […]

Texas Republicans lose 3 Major Donors in 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The deaths this year of three major Texas Republican donors, including a billionaire who died over the weekend, could signal a generational change for party kingmakers in the nation’s largest GOP stronghold. Harold Simmons, whose business interests ranged from energy to nuclear waste dumps, helped transform Texas from a Democrat-controlled state […]

2014 promises political change in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Elections and court rulings could bring tremendous changes to Texas in 2014, reshaping the political landscape for the first time in more than a decade. Texans will choose a new governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner. The only question for voters is whether to hand out […]

2014 races shape up with filing deadline

AUSTIN, Texas — The time has come for Texas politicos to either put up or shut up for the 2014 elections. Republicans who think an incumbent is too liberal, or Democrats pondering a race where no one is seeking the party’s nomination, have until the close of business Monday to file their paperwork. So far […]

Texas Democrats Offering Stark Contrast

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas voters won’t have a hard time telling the difference between the Republican and Democratic candidates next year. With the addition of San Antonio Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, attorney Sam Houston and party activist Steve Brown last week, the Democratic slate offers a vivid contrast to the Republican ticket, both […]

Immigrant Game Put Republicans in Tight Spot

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When young Texas conservatives announced a “catch an illegal immigrant” game, they expected condemnation from the left. But the surprise came when fellow Texas Republicans either denounced them or remained conspicuously silent. Perhaps no incident better crystalizes how the state GOP is trying to mitigate its immigration policies to win Hispanic […]

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Texas to Enforce Abortion Law for Now

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A third of Texas’ abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women’s rights. At least 12 Texas abortion clinics have been closed since October, after a three-judge panel of […]